Joan Hutton is a woodwind performer, composer and music educator residing in Minneapolis and hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her varied musical interests have led her over the years to classical, jazz, funk, free improvisation, pit orchestras and more. The Joan Hutton Jazz Project was created in 2017 as an ensemble to showcase her original compositions. Since then they have performed regularly around the Twin Cities in a wide variety of venues including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Joan’s newest group, Take That, is co-led with saxophonist Sue Orfield and features original music by both leaders. This group was launched with a series of original jazz videos, which you can see here on YouTube.

Joan Hutton also is a member of the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, the jazz-funk group Rare Medium, is a guest performer with Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All-Stars and the new music group Zeitgeist, in addition to other freelance work. Joan has a large studio of private clarinet and saxophone students around the Twin Cities and is the saxophone instructor at Augsburg University.



Photo by Dee Soderstrom